Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Battle of Okinawa

Today's picture shows a view from the Battle for Okinawa. Some of the most intense fighting of World War II occurred on Okinawa. This picture shows two soldiers, the one of the left with a Thompson Machine Gun, or Tommy Gun, and the one of the right with a Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR). The picture was taken in 1945.


  1. This photograph actually depicts to Marines, rather than to soldiers in the U.S. Army.

    Both the Army and the Marine Corps participated in this battle, and overall command of the ground operation was in charge of the Army. However, the Marine Corps' role was significant.

    We can tell these are Marines by their uniforms. Both are wearing Marine Corps dungarees and have the helmet cover that was standard issue in the Marine Corps but rarely seen in the Army. Their equipment is also a bit of a clue, even though both of these arms would of course also be seen in the Army. The submachinegun was not in the TOE for infantry in either the USMC or the Army during World War Two, but the Marines generally seem to have paid less attention to that than the Army. The Marines were also huge fans of the BAR, but typically took the bipod and flash hinder off of it, and used it as it was originally designed to be, as an automatic rifle. We can see in this photo that the bipod has been removed from this BAR.

    1. Sorry for the typos, that should be "two" rather than "to". Not enough coffee yet.


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